Not everyone is cut out for running, but that’s no reason to skip out on getting your daily 10,000 steps and earning those Active Dayz. Luckily, South Africa is bursting with stunning hiking trails that will blow your mind and keep you on your toes. Prepare to be blown away by the natural beauty of our country while you conquer your step goals.
Here are our top hiking trail recommendations!
Nestled on the magnificent Table Mountain, the Platteklip Gorge trail takes about three hours to climb from the bottom cable car station to the top. Most hikers choose to take the cable car back down, but a few brave ones hike both ways. The trail doesn’t offer much shade, so it’s best to avoid it on hot, sunny days. It’s a good idea to bring a windbreaker since it can get quite windy at the mountain’s summit.
The hike up to Lions Head offers a rewarding adventure lasting approximately two hours. As you approach the summit, you’ll need to do a bit of climbing. However, if this isn’t your cup of tea, there’s an alternative, longer route that solely focuses on hiking while still leading you to the magnificent peak.
If you want to avoid the mountains altogether, a stroll through Newlands Forest might be the answer for you. It’s child and pet-friendly, but if you do decide to take your dog along, you’ll need to get a SANParks My Activity Permit which costs R340 for the year.
Hennops Hiking Trail
The Hennops Hiking Trail offers a captivating outdoor adventure along the river. With well-maintained paths and varying terrains, it caters to hikers of all skill levels. The Dassie and Zebra trails are relatively easy and take about 1-2 hours. The Krokodilberg trail is more advanced and takes 3-5 hours, depending on your pace. The entrance fee is R100 per adult and R50 per child.
Modderfontein Nature Reserve
Modderfontein Nature Reserve offers a diverse and captivating hiking experience. With well-marked paths and a serene atmosphere, it’s the perfect destination for a rejuvenating escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The 6.8-km loop trail is relatively flat and takes between 1-2 hours to complete. The conservation fee is R40 per adult and R20 per child.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
Located on the outskirts of Roodepoort, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is a breathtaking natural gem. With its majestic waterfall and striking cliffs, it offers a picturesque setting for hikers. The Geological Trail is a moderate 3.9 km circular route, taking approximately 2.5 hours to finish. Admission fees are R80 per adult and R25 per child.
Track your activity with fitness devices or apps and earn an active day when you achieve 10 000 steps. Log in to the Multiply app for a list of compatible devices or apps.